Sunday, June 26, 2011

Flowers for Her Grave

By Jean Sheldon

From the back of the book:

An article in the Raccoon Grove Gazette on the twentieth anniversary of Jack Vandenberg’s murder and the disappearance of this daughter, Kimberly, rekindles interest in the tragedy. Anonymous letters arrive – one from a writer who knows the identity of the killer, another that claims Kimberly Vandenberg is alive in nearby Chicago. Growing interest in the crime makes someone nervous, and when the local gossip columnist and gardener team up to solve the case, accidents threaten their investigation.

Just my opinion:

This was an absolutely fun book. I had the time of my life reading it and could hardly put it down!

Here are two women different than night and day who are best of friends. When clues start popping up, they decide to look into a 20-year-old mystery and try to find out who murdered one of the town’s citizens. They are also curious as to what happened to the man’s 5-year-old daughter that same night. To top it off, a stranger arrives claiming to be the only living relative of the estate and he wants his fair share.

A great read that will keep you guessing "whodunit!" Be sure to add this one to your reading list. You’ll love it!

Some favorite passages from the book:

If she didn’t allow herself to feel the pain of loss she couldn’t know the joy of a life shared with others.

People were people no matter what size the community.

When people love you, it isn’t okay to drop out of sight.

Flowers and people grew at their own pace and no amount of urging or manure would make them grow faster.

You’ll know how well you’re doing by how good you feel about what you’ve done.

Our perception of time changes dramatically in a crisis. A brief event becomes interminable as heightened senses capture each passing moment in vivid detail. We see, hear, feel, smell, and even taste, every morsel of stimuli we might not normally notice. That makes the experience vivid beyond comprehension. It is for our own safety that we don’t perceive our daily lives with such awareness. Walking out the front door would quickly overload the senses.

Career journalists can encounter situations that test their wits and survival skills.

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